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Unlocking the promise of ProLiant with Software-Defined Storage

A couple of months ago when I talked about the new style of IT and the future of storage, I promised I’d talk about Software-Defined Storage some more. Boy have I got something to tell you about it today!


If you follow my posts here, you’ll know that I’m a believer in converged infrastructure. Why? Because convergence comes up time and time again as I talk to customers. Things move fast in our world, and customers are keen to benefit from the disruptive advances in technology around us. At the Gartner Symposium last month, Gartner said Software-Defined Storage is the #2 in their Top 10 trends. I think it’s already well underway today.

Bonjour! A French-inspired lesson on the convergence journey

A French theme for this week, as I recently took on an intense schedule of customer meetings in Paris. In nearly 15 years of international roles, I have never experienced such a stark shift in the approach of the IT buyer – more evidence that the evolution of storage is gathering pace and that the continuing data explosion is accelerating the convergence journey. Here is more on what I learned – with some questions asked and answered

Innovation, convergence and the pace of change – the customer view


Well, I like to keep active around the place so nothing unusual in reporting from Lisbon this week!  I hosted 20 of our large storage users at the HP Customer Advisory Board in an open dialogue about what’s working, what could work better and how the future looks. In my world, it’s never better than when you can spend quality time with customers, share their experiences and learn how to be a better storage provider. I got heaps of insight and thought it would be interesting to share…

What matters in midrange storage? And does VNX2 measure up?

I write this piece on the plane travelling to one of my favourite cities: Rome. It just so happens that this is the very same country in which EMC has chosen to launch its new midrange VNX2 platform, in Milan. Given that the storage midmarket is the central battleground of our industry, I thought it would be an interesting conversation for this week to discuss what matters in midrange storage

The new style of IT and the future of storage

I am writing this blog on a plane to California, heading there to spend a couple of days at the epicentre of the Hewlett Packard world. I have to confess to being a bit of a romantic old fool, and plan to take in Bill and Dave’s “Garage” as part of my trip. However, the visit also has a serious context as we plan and scheme for world storage domination as the sideshow! 

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